Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11:23 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
Our new house is smaller than our previous homes. It is only right since our children have moved out. Yet it presents a challenge. Since there is no attic and only a half basement in our new home. We have to reduce our "stuff" by about three full rooms.

I sometimes have to enlist my wife to get rid of "precious" things are of no value(!) that I can't bear to give up and away. Retired computers and books enjoyed years ago make up the majority of the "stuff" I have for no sane reason.

Moving is a great time to take inventory. It forces you to choose. It is either get rid of some stuff or not move! Literally, we would not be able to move in the new house. To move, we need to let loose.

Paul says that in our scripture reading for Sunday, in Philippians he says he was dropped everything he has weighed him down, marked it as rubbish, so like an unburdened runner he can "press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."

What is holding you back from moving forward?

If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 3:4b-14 (NIV)

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